15 June 2020 was the day when China treacherously attacked the Indian Army’s patrol party in Galwan. The Indian soldiers were unarmed as per the border treaty with China. It thus resulted in the martyrdom of 20 Bravehearts.
However, their sacrifice did not go in vain. The incident marked a complete change in the Indian mentality and policy. Post-Galwan India swung into action. The first action was at the point where China had stabbed us. The company to which the 20 Indian martyrs belonged attacked the Chinese. It was a surprise for them that ensured the Chinese casualties far outnumbered those on the Indian side.
The Indian Government then took it up to teach China a lesson. Foreign policy, military deployment, arms purchases, border infrastructure and even the trade policy underwent a complete transformation.
15 June 2021 brought back the memories of the fallen. The whole nation paid tribute to the 20 heroes. However, India has changed. Two very critical signals, coinciding with this date, were sent by New Delhi to Beijing as the latter remains adamant and refuses to restore the April 2020 status at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.
First, the photographs of India’s nuclear-capable, Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-5 on the way for field deployment went viral on the internet. With an official range of 5,500 km and an undeclared one of over 8,000 km, which appears closer to reality, it is one of the pieces of the Indian weaponry that China fears. The missile can hit anywhere in China, and thus the maiden images of the deployment cannot be a mere coincidence.
Second, India began its 5G trials involving Indian telecom companies. The Chinese players are specifically barred from it. 5G is one of the Chinese weapons of Colonialism, ‘Digital Colonialism‘, which got rendered useless in the Indian context due to the ban.
Moreover, India has clarified that border dispute won’t just be one of the bilateral issues to be resolved but is the core of the India-China relationship. This approach ensures that China cannot take us for a ride at the LAC while reaping benefits from trade.
India hopes that China understands these signals and responds in the interest of the two sides. Else, the India of 2021 is well aware and keen to protect its national interests.